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some history of Phytotherapy
Phytotherapy (also known as herbal therapy) comes from the Greek phyton=plant and therapeia=cure. It is for sure the oldest form of medicine known to the man. It developed during prehistoric times when the man experimented the, nowadays recognized, healing power of plants. The underlying empirical basis moves away from magical and religious beliefs, on the contrary, it allows recognizing its important role in complementing traditional medicine.

First investigations
Phytotherapy is a very old discipline of which we are grasping more and more knowledge ever since the man started walking on the planet earth. The famous big Chinese herbal garden allegedly dates back to the third millennium BC. In the Ebers Papyrus, which dates back to 1500 BC, there are enlisted more than 700 medicinal plants used by Egyptian doctors. Some of them, like the ricinus (castor oil plant), are still in used nowadays and its efficacy is recognized and confirmed by the most recent research.

Phytotherapy encounters magic and astronomy
Staring from the middle ages unfortunately, phytotherapy distances itself from its original form and gets more and more contaminated by all kind of superstitions linked to astrology and magic. This filled it with confusion and made it decay since people did no longer have trust in phytotherapy. During this time herbal remedies were believed to work not because of their nature but because of supernatural or astrological reasons. This is why for some centuries to come phytotherapy was bound to be considered less and less “scientific”.

Back to science
Starting from the second half of the 19th century, people returned to a more rational concept of phytotherapy and this allowed it ending up in the wider concept of scientific pharmacology. Medical science starts recognizing the importance of phytotherapy and modern pharmacology does not fear to look for active substances in those plants that have ever since been known for their properties. This is how caffeine, digitalis purpurea (foxglove), quinine and rauwolfia (already known to the Hindu medicine) have been discovered.

Nowadays
With such a high availability of synthetic medicines and better life conditions it is now hard to demolish the belief that the traditional medicines can be substituted. Nowadays there is an increasingly growing refusal of using synthetic molecules to treat minor illnesses and malaises. People lost more and more confidence because of the unpredictable side effects and started becoming interested in natural remedies that if used rationally yield tangible results.

What is quality?
Scientific studies have confirmed the efficacy of many of the plants used in phytotherapy. The number of plant extract we use nowadays is slightly lower that it used to be in the past; this is because now only the plants that modern pharmacology recognizes as active and efficient are used. Our products are valid as herbal teas (that must also be dosed and used in the right way): they are safer, more effective and ensure repeatable results. They contain plant extracts that have been selected and titrated in active molecules. Phytocomplexes are a mix of substances with a physiological action: they can have a synergic effect (meaning all the ingredients’ effects add up) or an antagonist action (they subtract something) according to the concentration and kind of active ingredient they contain.

Doses and Effectiveness
Farmaderbe aims at offering the best compromise possible between tradition and science. This is why all formulations have been designed taking into consideration the traditional use of plants and applying new dosage rules according to the most recent international scientific research. This way we can offer safe, rational and effective products.

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